Legendary bass-baritone James Morris is world famous for his performances in opera, concert, recital, and recording. With a repertoire including works by Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Offenbach, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Gounod and Britten, Mr. Morris has performed in virtually every international opera house and has appeared with the major orchestras of Europe and the United States. Considered one of the greatest interpreters of the role of Wotan in Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', Morris has appeared in this role at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and many others. He is also considered the world’s leading interpreter of the title role in Wagner's 'Der fliegende Holländer' and has appeared as Hans Sachs in 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' at the major houses of the United States and Europe.
For the 2010 - 2011 season, James Morris will sing the Dutchman in 'Der fliegende Holländer' at Opéra National de Paris and then will go to Bilbao for Reverend Olin Blitch in Floyd's 'Susannah'. He will also be seen as the title role in 'The Mikado' at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, his role debut in the title role of 'Don Pasquale' at Washington National Opera, Frère Laurent in 'Roméo et Juliette' at the Metropolitan Opera and Mahler's 8th Symphony under Daniele Gatti with Orchestra National de France. He will also perform his signature role of Scarpia in 'Tosca' at the MET. Future seasons will see him at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, and Opera Australia.